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I got the black and decker chainsaw around a year ago. I had plenty of tree stumps and trees that needed tending to at my granddads place. I thought I would save some time by using a small chainsaw. I saw the 1600 watts B&D chainsaw reasonably priced and decided to go for it.
It is very easy to get started. Just plug it in at a mains hold down the power and the release button and your away. The chainsaw Is easy to move around and being 3.6 kg it is not too much of a strain on your arms. Also It is a quick and safe release to stop the chain. All you had to do was release pressure on the power and the chain became still.
When it comes to actually sawing it is awful. I had the smallest trees to cut down and found myself really struggling to cut into them. I was using a lot of my own force to cut through them which then made the job quite tiresome. In the end I was using the tip of the saw to cut through as it was the only part that made real in roads into the tree. However; this was quite dangerous and the chainsaw would every now and then shoot off towards me (although it probably would not even cut me). The chain also has a tendency to come lose. You then need to realign it with the saw (this is very frustrating). In the end I just got fed up of using it and went back to my handy crocodile saw.
Maybe this was made to cut through paper? But it is absolutely shocking when using in wood.
~ Personal Experience ~
If you're a fan of the chainsaw massacre you will love this (only joking!). If your garden or trees are in need of a good shaving then this isn't the chainsaw for you as I found out which I wasn't happy about considering I paid so much for it. Basically the chain broke after using it a few times and then the clutch decided to pack in a month later. It would be good as a disposable chainsaw like you get with BBQ packs but as a long-term piece of hardware this is useless.
It is a bit of s shock considering that it is Black and Decker and would expect their products to be durable and strong but it just couldn't hack the job. I didn't even ask it to cut through a barge pole, just a few twigs on my tree and bushes and it just fell apart in my hands practically. It states on the website it can tackle most heavy duty sawing jobs, but I tend to disagree! I think it could just about handle cutting through a piece of liquorice.
A would avoid this product and would love to know anyone who has this and has not had a problem with it.
~ Shop and Price ~
I bought this chainsaw from Amazon.co.uk for around £70 + £8 delivery charge. I thought I was getting a good piece of equipment but it turned out awful. The transaction itself with Amazon ran very smoothly and cannot fault them on their service and delivery.
~ Technical Specifications ~
- Voltage: 230 Volt
- Motor Power: 1600 Watt
- Auto Oiling: Yes
- Bar Length: 30 cm
- Chain Break: 0.15 Seconds
- Weight: 3.6kg.
~ Product Design ~
The chainsaw itself looks quite sturdy and steady, with its orange and black handle and Black and Decker marked saw. The pictures on Amazon shows a man cutting a branch but not actually cutting through, and the man himself looks as if he hasn't done a bit of chain sawing in his life the way he is holding the device. His hat is very colour co-ordinated (orange) and has a lovely pair of designer protective glasses, a good design but shame about the quality of the actual product.
~ How long will the chainsaw cable stretch ~
For those of you who would still like to buy one of these the cable length is 12 metres long and can be useful if you have a large garden, if you can get it going.
~ Conclusion and Ratings ~
Well to sum this product up it isn't very good and very tricky to use, especially adding oil, the chain snapping and the noisy clutch breaking. There are lots more I could list but by this point I think you get the idea.
Motor Power: 1600watts / Weight: 3.6Kg / Auto Stop: Yes.